Do you have a Disaster Plan for your pets?

Do you have a Disaster Plan for your pets?  What constitutes a disaster?  What emergency supplies should you have on hand?  What other pet-saving items should you have on hand?  What do you think you should have on hand for your pets?   Check out our blog at https://2pawsupinc.com/blog/ for tips on Disaster Preparedness for you and your pets.

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Pet Owners

Your pets depend on your for their safety.  If you live in Atlanta you probably don’t think we are prone to natural disasters.  I am sure we won’t forget the floods of 2009. Natural disaster tragedy can strike without warning.  What can you, a pet owner, do to provide care for your pets during an emergency situation?  It is so important to have a disaster plan in place.  Listed are just a few guidelines to help you tailor a plan for your pets.

Before Disaster Strikes

  • Call your county’s emergency program manger to determine which types of natural disaster can occur in your area.
  • Remember most shelters don’t accept pets.
  • Contact your veterinarian, pet sitters, and kennels to see if they will admit your pet should an emergency occur.
  • Contact local hotels and motels to see if they will accept pets during an emergency.

Emergency Supplies

  • A Week supply of food for each pet.
  • A can opener.
  • A gallon of fresh water per pet.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Favorite toys or treats.
  • Spare collar with ID tags.
  • Grooming items
  • Secure chain and leash.
  • Crate or carrier.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Battery operated Radio or hand crank Radio
  • Fresh batteries.
  • Pet First Aid Kit.

Other Suggestions:

  • Keep a current photo of the pet with your emergency supplies in case the pet is lost.
  • Keep the pet crated or on a leash to limit exposure to danger.
  • Have all medical records for your pets, as you will need these to board them.

What is a Disaster? It’s more than just a hurricane or a flood.  Here are some:

  • Avalanche/Mud Side
  • Blizzard
  • Broken Gas Main
  • Building Collapse
  • Chemical Spill
  • Earthquake
  • Explosion
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Hurricane
  • Lightning Strike
  • Long-term Power or Water Loss
  • Volcanic Eruption

The information was provided by Pet Sitters International. Contact your local American Red Cross branch for more information on disaster planning for you and your pets.  You can also contact your professional pet sitter, and your local veterinarian. They would be happy to assist you with more information.

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